GLCChoir2 Choir and organ in action! Paul McKenzie conducting; Mark Fideldy at the console.
Genealogy Use of Maps Originally located in the middle of the balcony, the console is now at the side so the organist no longer conducts the choir.
Gethsemane Hopkins 1 3 Some of the knobs in pedal and swell with tape covering the names of the preparations.
GLCLoft2 This grand room, originally with 4 seconds of reverberation, has a high balcony that didn't give the organ much height. It is spread out. Positiv and Swell on the right; part of the Pedal in the middle; Great on the left (in front of where the Choir would have been installed.) Some of the Pedal 16' Principal pipes (dead center) are mitered to the back. Addition of carpet in the aisles cut the wonderful reverberation significantly.
IMG 20170227 125624 Gutted console with new keyboards and more pistons.
IMG 20170227 125628 Brandon working on the new stop knob layout.
IMG 20170316 160042 Refurbished console back home. New pistons, toe studs, stop tabs and knobs. Notice the drawer on the right. The screen controls all functions of the Syndyne 8400 system. While the screen can be installed anywhere, we opted for a drawer to retain the original appearance of the console as much as possible.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins, MN. The Reuter organ at Gethsemane was installed in the early 1960's and was prepared for addition of a Choir division. When organist Joan Elander was tragically killed in a hit and run accident while walking with her husband, that knowledge was lost and the organ has remained incomplete for over 50 years. There were also prepared stops in the Swell. The Choir Gemshorn and Gemshorn Celeste pipes were installed, and they actually played from the Positiv keyboard but were physically located inside the Swell box! Visiting organists were greatly confused when so many stops did not work, so these were covered over with opaque tape. While the organ has remained reliable, leather failure in the swell engine and reservoirs has hastened a two-part project to update the organ. The first phase was a console and electrical overhaul to give the organist multiple memory levels, transposer, etc. This was provided by a Syndyne 8400 system. Since the Choir division will never be installed, we revised the stop layout to reflect what we propose for the second phase, which is mostly addition of a small Solo division as well as the prepared stops in the Swell.